Coming to Australia with family members

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Aside from being multi-culturally diverse, Australia also supports family reunion and bonding. The Australian government allows Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens to bring their family members to the country using specific family visas. These visas reunite family members temporarily or permanently depending on the visa conditions, but like other visas, each has its own unique conditions, requirements and accompanying obligations for the holder. Discussed below are some relevant details about the Australian family visa for parents and partners.

Partner and parent visas: Bringing families together in Australia

Partner visa

A spouse or de factor partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen can apply for an Australian Partner visa in order to reside legally in Australia. A partner who is outside Australia may apply for Subclass 309 (Provisional Partner visa) in order to live in Australia with his or her spouse. Two years later, the applicant can progress to the permanent stage of the visa (Subclass 100 Migrant Partner) in order to make his or her stay with his or her partner legal permanently.

Applicants who are in Australia when they apply for a partner visa will be granted a Subclass 820 (Temporary Partner visa) first, then after a period of two years of on-going relationship, a decision for a Subclass 801 (Permanent Partner visa) will allow the temporary partner visa holder to obtain permanent residence with his or her partner in Australia.

To start the process for your Australian Partner visa application, go here.

Parent visa

An Australian Parent visa or Subclass 103 applies to overseas parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. A parent of a child legally residing in the country can apply for this visa if the child has stayed for at least two years in Australia (there are some exceptions to this “settled” requirement for the sponsor). Unlike the partner visa that tests for the strength of the relationship before awarding permanent residence, the parent visa gives permanent residence automatically to its holders once approved—that is, there is no provisional stage to this subclass of the parent visa.

To know if you qualify for a Parent Visa, you can start the process here by taking a free online assessment.

Features

The primary feature of partner and parent visas is to allow holders to live in Australia with their relatives or family either temporarily or indefinitely. Visas that come with permanent residence status (Subclasses 103, 100 and 801) award indefinite stay in Australia, work and study rights, and eligibility for social security payments, among others. However, the temporary partner visa only has limited privileges for the holder: work and study rights, residence until the grant of a permanent partner visa, and eligibility for Medicare.

Application

To be eligible for a partner or parent visa, applicants must be the parent or spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent residence or eligible New Zealand citizen. Applicants for a parent visa must also be sponsored, meet the balance-of-family test, and agree to wait for around 13 years before the decision for the visa is made. Applicants must be outside Australia when the visa is lodged and decided. Aside from this type of parent visa, there are also parent visas that process much faster (around two years), but they cost significantly more than the visa which takes longer time to process.

Those applying for a partner visa must demonstrate an on-going mutually consenting relationship with their partner. Applicants must be living with their partner or may be living separately for temporary periods. Aside from these general requirements, there are also other circumstances that may merit eligibility for a partner visa.

Where the application is lodged is a vital requirement for both parent and partner visas. Parent visas generally require applicants to be outside Australia both during lodgment and grant. However, in some circumstances, parent visas can be lodged in Australia. The primary applicant would normally need to be over 65 years of age to lodge in Australia. For partner visas, each subclass comes with different requirements for location of lodgment, so it is beneficial to seek the guidance of a migration professional.

Visa assistance

NationalVisas helps overseas family members reunite with their relatives in Australia by providing professional visa services that make obtaining Australian visas easy. The company’s registered migration advisors can assist in several ways, from identifying the right visa for an applicant and providing useful migration information, to offering work and study advice and suggesting services that allow applicants to handle their visa application personally. National Visas, a company with 10 years of migration experience, makes an imagined life in Australia a dream come true.

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